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2014 AVGU National Championships South Western WA
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Brian O'Hare
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September 30, 2014 - 7:40 pm
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2014 Australian Veteran Golf Union National Championships – South Western Australia

Are you over 55? Do you fancy a golfing holiday to somewhere different yet still in Australia? Then the AVGU Regis National Championships could be the answer.

Following recent publicity the numbers for this years event have risen to over 330. As reported in June, the Championships are being held from the 9th to the 14th of November. They are using the four best courses in the Bunbury/Busselton region of South Western Australia and still have room for another 100 players.

The event is a championship for men but also features a separate Ladies Stableford event for partners. Ladies will this year play at the same venue as their partners making travel arrangements more convenient.

There is a flurry of activity at the Bunbury, Capel, Sanctuary and Busselton clubs to make sure that all is in readiness to receive so many interstate visitors.
The host association is the Country Veteran’s Golf Assoc. of WA.
The management committee of 12 includes several members who have played in the National Championships each year for the last 7 or 8. They will be incorporating all the best features of other state’s events to make 2014 the best ever.

Good accommodation is plentiful. A range of Hotels, Motels, Caravan Parks, Farm Stays, Resorts, B & B’s and self-catering options are available.

Aquatic tourism attractions within easy reach include the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre and the Busselton Jetty Underwater World. There are pristine white beaches and rocky coves, limestone caves, harbour and river cruises, wineries, cheese factories and olive farms are all waiting to be explored. Just inland from Bunbury are the attractive hills and dales of the Ferguson Valley with “Gnomesville “ and specialist breweries. Not to be missed are the fruit growing regions of Donnybrook and Harvey.

Within an hour and a half of the golf venues are picturesque undulating historic farming areas around Bridgetown, Balingup, and Boyup. Art & craft studios abound. Margaret River boasts surfing beaches and well-known wineries. Stand on the cliffs at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Tell your friends how you played at Augusta!

Further afield in the South West there are the Stirling Ranges National Park, the
Manjimup Forests, the Walpole Tree Top Walk and a host of tourist attractions around Albany.

The Country Veteran’s Golf Association has 20 member clubs within the region, all of whom are anxious to look after our visitors. A list of special offers and discounts will be distributed to participants in the Championships.

Further information can be obtained from CVGA web site http://www.vetsgolf.com.au
or from the Tournament Director Mike Elliott’s e-mail pianthe@iinet.net.au

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September 30, 2014 - 7:42 pm
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Closing Day Extended for AVGU National Championships

The closing date for registrations to the 2014 Regis AVGU National Championships has been extended to mid October 2014 or until the capacity is reached. The capacity contraints are not the field sizes, but how many can be seated for the presentation dinner, which is 500. We have 456 at the moment. After we reach capacity we will make a waitng list, as there will be inevitable withdrawals.

Please pass this information onto anybody who may be considering registering.

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October 3, 2014 - 10:48 am
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Best Places to Stay?

Due to some other issues I had to leave it till later than usual to book a spot in the 2014 National vets championship in WA. Fortunately there were still places available and in fact the latest advice is booking will be open till mid October.

There will then be a waiting list and anyone booking late does stand a good chance of getting a spot as there always seems to be a number of late withdrawals for various reasons in these types of events.(I know John Ciezki, the guy who has won the last two national championships in Victoria and Canberra, was literally a last minute replacement at his first event on the Mornington Peninsula. He was planning to book well in advance to defend his title in WA)

Now I have all the run of working out a personal itinerary, booking flights and finding a good place to stay.

I’ve been to Perth but not the South West region so don’t really know it at all.

Any suggestions of good places to stay, like the best, most convenient places convenient to the courses and to local attractions?

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November 11, 2014 - 8:21 am
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The championship is underway and 384 golfers from around the country (and 90 partners) are taking part.

Played the Monday stableford round at the Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury yesterday and things were running like clockwork.

A lot of familiar faces around, like "Dave" from Canberra who I played with yesterday and in Canberra. he typifies the National Championships. He played in the event last year because it was so close to home (he was a member of one of the host courses). He enjoyed it so much he decided to make the trip to WA to play again this year...... just a few thousand kilometres less close to home for him.

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December 8, 2014 - 1:51 pm
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So another National vets championship is done and dusted.

It was a great week at some great golf courses. I particularly enjoyed the Bunbury Golf Club and Capel Golf Club. Not just good golfing challenges but very attractive courses with abundant wildlife - lots of kangaroos as can be seen from the photo gallery.

Tournament director Mike Elliott had these closing remarks:

"Following a frantic week of organising a great National Veteran's Championships, it is good to reflect on the successes and difficulties.

Firstly thanks to a great committee. Everything went off brilliantly. Not that we did not hit any rocky spots, because there were quite a few.

The logistics of operating one event out of four courses were very testing. Occasionally we were not at all on the same page. However we arrived at the Presentation Dinner comparatively unscathed and were able to be proud of what we had achieved".

Now it is on to Darwin in August 2015.

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